The Rifleman was an American Western television program that ran on ABC, from September 30th, 1958 to April 8th, 1963. It was a production of Four Star Television.
Chuck Connors starred as The Rifleman, named Lucas McCain, a widower and a Union veteran of the Civil War (lieutenant in the 19th Indiana Volunteer Infantry Regiment), and a homesteader. McCain and his son, Mark (Johnny Crawford) lived on a ranch outside the fictitious town of North Fork, New Mexico Territory. The series was set in the 1880's and the various episodes promoted fair play toward one's opponents, neighborliness, equal rights and the need to use violence in a highly controlled manner.
Lucas is the town's representative to the railroad commission until an infamous train robber dies and leaves his ill-gotten wealth to Lucas. Lucas must clear his name and stop the reckless ambition of his replacement.
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Outlaw`s Inheritance (The Rifleman).
Season 1, episode 38.
Original air date: 16 June 1959.
The townspeople of north Fork begin to get suspicious when Lucas is named as the bebeficiary in the will of an infamous outlaw.
Cast: Chuck Connors (Lucas McCain), Johnny Crawford (Mark McCain), Paul Fix (Marshal Micah Torrance), Bartlett Robinson (Samuel Britton), Dabbs Greer (Marcus Trimble), Harland Warde (John Hamilton), Robert Foulk (Toomey), William Bishop (Dave Stafford), George DeNormand (Townsman: uncredited), Fred Graham (Hank a Drunk: uncredited) and Whitey Hughes (Townsman: uncredited),